Hospitality and food service: WRAP's work

WRAP, working with all four UK Governments, identified that the hospitality and food service sector was in a strong position to make a considerable contribution to reducing food and associated packaging waste.

The Hospitality and Food Service Agreement, which was set up in 2012 to address this issue, and formally closed in 2016. WRAP continues to work with the sector through the Courtauld Commitment 2025.

Waste in the sector

WRAP research indicates that the cost of food being wasted in the UK from the UK hospitality and food service (HaFS) sector is estimated at £2.5 billion per year in 2011, rising to £3.0 billion per year by 2016. This report draws together a number of pieces of research and highlights the opportunities to reduce waste and save money.

UK HaFS outlets produce a total of almost 3 million tonnes of waste per year, consisting of packaging (1.3 million tonnes), food waste (0.92 million tonnes), and other 'non-food' wastes that includes disposables such as kitchen paper (0.66 million tonnes).

In addition, an estimated 130,000 tonnes of food is wasted from the preparation of ready to serve food items and meals at HaFS manufacturing sites. Read-to-serve includes sandwiches, soups, sauces and pre-prepared meals. 

The amount of food that is wasted each year in the UK is equivalent to 1.3 billion meals, or throwing away one in every six of the 8 billion meals served each year. 

Updated Food Waste Figures

More recent headline data on food waste for this sector was published by WRAP in May 2018, which can be found here

Further information

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